To promote safety measures in Ramadan, Egypt Oil & Gas (EOG) health, safety, and environment (HSE) subcommittee in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, has launched a unified Ramadan HSE campaign, powered by the EOG Technical Committee.
The document aims to illustrate the different challenges one might face during Ramadan and merge them into a phased communication and awareness campaign that addresses such challenges through the necessary precautions. The campaign further highlights the crucial risk minimization actions that keep both the employees and their families safe.
As many employees are subject to fatigue while their tasks require additional focus during Ramadan, the campaign promotes several safety driving mechanisms divided into five phases.
The first phase, which had already taken place before Ramadan, focused on analyzing the accidents that happened in Ramadan in the past years to avoid all the causes that led to these tragic incidents. This phase also focused on the recommended times for driving during the Holy month which is from 7 AM to 4 PM.
Day 1-7 Ramadan
The first week of Ramadan is always challenging, so the campaign documents the signs of drowsiness that might affect any personnel and how to deal with it while driving. This part also includes a trip planning agenda that helps minimize any potential risks.
Day 8-25 Ramadan
The third phase aims to improve the driver’s health habits in order to reduce symptoms of fatigue as the month wears on as well as promoting safe driving practices. This phase also provides tips for employers on how to best manage the workflow while ensuring the health and safety of their employees. Additionally, it includes tips for workers that promote HSE-driven time management behavior and open communication with the management.
Day 25-30 Ramadan
As the end of the month approaches, heat stress and fatigue increase. This phase focuses on making petroleum employees understand the signs of heat stress and how to manage them effectively, in addition to methods to prevent them.
Eid Al Fitr
The final phase focuses on the post-Ramadan lifestyle and promotes social distancing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes safety precautions to avoid incidents during the Eid holiday, and a focused work plan for after Eid.
The document is available in both English and Arabic.